Merit Based Scholarships Make College Affordable for Middle-Class Families

For many families today, the thought of paying for a college education can be quite daunting. Scholarships make a great way to fund this investment in a child’s future.

There are many different types of scholarships. Some are based on performance on standardized tests, some on financial need, and others on athletic ability. These scholarships all seem normal – and to be frank – well earned in one way or another. However, a new type of scholarship is hitting the market. Many schools have started offering scholarships to students who come from middle-income families and demonstrate academic promise.

“We certainly have found that with the recession in recent years, many middle-income families and even some higher-income families are looking for more aid,” said Earl Retif, vice president of enrollment management at Tulane University. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s Almost Time to Submit Your FAFSA for the 2012-2013 School Year

fafsaIf you are one of the many college students who needs help paying for college, there’s an important date in your near future: March 1, 2012. Why is this date important? Well, if you want to receive government funds to help pay for you education, you need to have filled out and submitted the FAFSA by this date in order to qualify for the 2012-2013 school year.

What is the FAFSA? FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid and is a federal scholarship for students. Many students qualify for this need-based aid, but you must reapply for it each year in order to receive the money.

In the past, the FAFSA had a reputation for being overtly difficult to complete. Recently, the FAFSA received a makeover, which makes it easier to understand and complete; however, some people still have trouble with it the first time they fill it out.

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Elementary School Alumni Group Helps Current Students Realize Their Potential

Detroit SchoolWhen most people think about Detroit Public Schools, they think about debt and the school district’s challenges with keeping students in school. However, a brighter subject that is often overlooked is the way that many educators, student, and members of the community are working toward a common goal: strengthening the schools and improving the quality of education that the students receive.

This effort to improve the school district has been going on since the 1990s. In 1996, alumni from an elementary school formed the Pasteur Elementary School Alumni Foundation in order to improve the lives of the students who currently attend the elementary school. They do so by providing books and funding field trips and scholarships for the students. Last year, the foundation sent 28 students and their parents to Florida to visit the Kennedy Space Center. The trip cost was paid for with donations that were made to the school by alumni in 2011.

The members of Pasteur Elementary School Alumni Foundation do not only donate money to the school, they also donate their time. There are currently 231 members in the foundation and it has a database of 1,300 alumni. These alumni encourage students to stay in school by sharing stories of their own successes and how an education helped them achieve their goals.

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University of Iowa Offers Scholarship for Best Tweet

It’s no secret that college admissions officers are allowing more creativity in the  applications that they will accept. Last year, YouTube application videos were all the rage. This year, some schools, like the University of Iowa, are incorporating Twitter into the decision-making process.

The University of Iowa is offering a full scholarship to their business school. This means that around $37,000 is hanging on a 140 character tweet. This tweet is being used by the school to replace the second essay that is normally required in their application.

Some critics think that incorporating Twitter in the college application process is a bad idea.

“They’re devaluing their future,” said Jaron Lanier, author of You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto. “They’re identifying themselves with a fad rather than something more long term. It comes off as a school trying so hard to be cool.”

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How Americans Paid for College in 2010

College is getting more and more expensive every year. Considering the current economy, how are Americans continuing to pay for a product that is constantly increasing in price?

The authors of How America Pays for College 2010 tired of asking this same question over and over again, so they decided to conduct a survey to find out. They interviewed 801 students and 823 parents from across the nation and asked them various questions about how they finance a college education.

A vast majority, about 73 percent, said that they had to reduce their spending habits in other areas to pay for a college education. This shows a 17 percent increase from the 2008-2009 school year to the 2009-2010 year. Luckily though, 82 percent said that they strongly believe that a college education is an investment in the future and worth the sacrifice.

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The Princeton Review Now Offers College Admissions & Financial Aid Courses

The Priceton ReviewResearching colleges can seem like an overwhelming task, and it may be difficult to know where to begin. Sites like ours can be a great place to start, but you may wish to speak with an expert about your specific needs. That’s why The Princeton Review has created new courses to help you navigate the college selection process. They are also offering financial aid courses, that can save you hundreds in the long run.

These courses are offered in a convenient LiveOnline seminar format. Parents and prospective college students can ask The Princeton Review’s experts all their hardest questions about the admissions process or applying for financial aid. They can help you with everything from filing the FAFSA to finding unique resources of financial aid. Students will also have access to recordings of their sessions for 120 days on their computers.

The classes range from $69.00 to $199.00, but EduInReview is offering our readers a special 10 percent discount on College Admissions & Financial Aid Courses, in addition to all test-prep classes.

Click here to save on Princeton Review College Admissions & Financial Aid Courses.

New Haven Schools Offer to Pay College Tuition for Students

Many students who want to to pursue a higher education face a serious problem: paying for this education. The cost of attending college has been steadily increasing for years, and the new high costs make it impossible for some students to continue their education.

While some students need to take out student loans and work full-time jobs to scrape by, all students who attend school in New Haven, CT need to do is two things: maintain a 3.0 GPA and attend 90 percent of their classes.

New Haven school officials recently unveiled the New Haven Promise. The New Haven Promise is a program that pays a student’s college tuition if he/she meets the requirements listed above. Students in qualifying public and charter high schools can apply for this scholarship. Read the rest of this entry »

College Athletes Don’t Really Get a “Full Ride”

footballAthletes give us something to get excited about while we are in college. Whether they are shooting baskets, scoring touchdowns, or crossing the finish line first, college athletes are an integral group of students at every school. It makes sense that these athletes – who are almost seen as heroes at some schools – should receive some sort of compensation for their efforts, which is why most people think athletes receive full scholarships to the school they attend. However, a new report shows this isn’t true.

Researchers at Ithaca College recently reported that the “average ‘full scholarship’ Division I athlete winds up having to pay $2,951 annually on school-related expenses.” These expenses include everything from campus parking permits to school supplies.

“It’s really deceptive to use the words ‘full scholarship,'” said Ramogi Huma, head of the National College Players Association. “There’s never an explanation for recruited athletes that the price for attending school falls short of the scholarship amount.” Read the rest of this entry »

UC Berkeley to Cut 5 Sports Teams

Berkley RugbyIt has been announced that the University of California-Berkeley plans to save $4 million next year by cutting five sports teams. The elimination of the men’s rugby, men’s baseball, men’s and women’s gymnastics and women’s lacrosse teams was disclosed in a letter by Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, which was released to Berkeley students, faculty, staff and Cal supporters earlier this week.

“The senior administration working closely with Intercollegiate Athletics have concluded that we cannot sustain the level of excellence we expect of everything that we do at Cal and still maintain all of the Intercollegiate Athletic sports that we currently do,” he said in the letter.

While rugby will no longer be considered an intercollegiate sport by the department, the team, with its status as a club, will be able to compete both nationally and internationally. Though, according to the letter, a solid plan is not yet in place to follow through with this transition. Read the rest of this entry »

Most Unusual College Scholarships

candyForget about the scholarships that are awarded for high grade-point averages or athletic ability. The following scholarships, although unusual, can help students with unique majors and interests land some cold, hard cash for college.

American Association of Candy Technologists Scholarship: If you’re serious about candy making, then this $5,000 scholarship could be for you. College sophomores, juniors and seniors carrying a 3.0 GPA and majoring in food science or other related major are eligible for this scholarship.

National Potato Council Scholarship: You don’t have to even like potatoes to receive this scholarship. The National Potato Council awards the annual $5,000 Potato Industry Scholarship to a graduate student in Agribusiness, which in turn helps out the potato business. Read the rest of this entry »


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